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Looking for something fun to do and like the sound of getting out on the water? Head out to Schoonmaker Point in Sausalito (near the Bay Model) and rent a kayak or paddleboard from Sea Trek. Not experienced? That’s okay, you’re provided with a life vest and can stay in the protective cove. A little more daring? Head out of the cove and explore the Bay around Sausalito. You might run into sea otters or seals and beautifully colored jelly fish. You can also check out the boats along the docks and view the eclectic houseboats that line the waterfront.
On a warm day you can go in a bathing suit or shorts and t-shirt, while on colder days, as they are open all year round, throw on a windbreaker and sweats and hit the water. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
The paddleboards are pretty sturdy and you don’t have to fall in the water much, unless of course it’s hot and you just want to cool down. Balancing on the boards is a great core workout, and at an hourly rate you can’t go wrong. The ones that catch on quickly of course are the little kids, and you’ll see them zipping around the cove, sometimes with several of their friends sitting on the board with them. The kayaks can be rented hourly too and they are either singles or doubles, with an option of putting a fairly small child on your lap if they are not big paddlers. Also a great upper body workout!
You will be surprised at how many people go out there to enjoy the view. Whether you are renting or opt to just sit on the beach and read a book or play in the sand, this is a Sausalito must-do.
Despite a tough luxury home market, luxury homes are still selling in the San Francisco Bay Area. Marin County saw some of it’s most expensive homes sell in 2010. There were 61 Marin County homes sold over three million dollars in 2010 representing a total sales volume of $269,944,655. This compares to 50 homes sold over three million dollars in 2009, representing a total sales volume of $214,291,988.
2010′s Top 10 Most Expensive Home Sales in Marin County
|1 Upper Rd Ross, CA 94957||$14,000,000|
|67 Belvedere Ave Belvedere, CA 94920||$11,750,000|
|7 Laurel Grove Ave Ross, CA 94957||$8,000,000|
|3680 Paradise Dr Tiburon, CA 94920||$7,800,000|
|8 Eucalyptus Rd Belvedere, CA 94920||$7,140,000|
|4639 Paradise Dr Tiburon, CA 94920||$7,000,000|
|133 Sugarloaf Dr Tiburon, CA 94920||$6,900,000|
|77 Harrison Ave Sausalito, CA 94965||$6,834,000|
|3910 Paradise Dr Tiburon, CA 94920||$6,500,000|
|232 Trinidad Dr Tiburon, CA 94920||$6,500,000|
Data from BAREIS MLS. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.
There have been 50 Marin homes over three million dollars sold since January 1, 2010. In the same time frame last year, there were 37 homes over three million dollars sold in Marin. Yes, despite the mortgage mess the overall luxury home market has actually improved since 2009 in terms of number of sales.
As you can see in the chart above, the town of Tiburon tops the list of the most homes over three million dollars sold. The bulk of the luxury home sales are still under 3.5 million.
Top Ten Most Expensive Homes
The top ten most expensive homes sold year-to-date in Marin are as follows:
|Ross||1 Upper Rd Ross, CA 94957||17,500,000||1/15/10||14,000,000|
|Ross||7 Laurel Grove Ave Ross, CA 94957||10,000,000||1/20/10||8,000,000|
|Tiburon||3680 Paradise Dr Tiburon, CA 94920||8,800,000||4/2/10||7,800,000|
|Belvedere||8 Eucalyptus Rd Belvedere, CA 94920||7,500,000||10/19/10||7,140,000|
|Tiburon||4639 Paradise Dr Tiburon, CA 94920||7,485,000||8/3/10||7,000,000|
|Tiburon||133 Sugarloaf Dr Tiburon, CA 94920||6,995,000||7/15/10||6,900,000|
|Sausalito||77 Harrison Ave Sausalito, CA 94965||8,750,000||4/15/10||6,834,000|
|Tiburon||232 Trinidad Dr Tiburon, CA 94920||7,995,000||3/10/10||6,500,000|
|Kentfield||65 Rock Rd Kentfield, CA 94904||5,500,000||5/17/10||5,500,000|
|Mill Valley||401 Lovell Ave Mill Valley, CA 94941||5,695,000||9/26/10||5,500,000|
Both the price per square foot and the list price to sales price ratios were almost identical in 2009 and 2010. What’s to come for the luxury market? It’s still unclear how the meltdown of the mortgage markets will impact the overall economy and confidence in the real estate market. We’ll be watching carefully to see what’s next.
*information from Bay Area Real Estate Information Services.
I had to go check out the 300 million dollar yacht anchored in the bay off the Sausalito harbor. Nice helicopter! The yacht belongs to 38 year old Russian banking, steel and fertilizer mogul Andrey Melnichenko. The 394 foot long yacht was designed by Phillippe Starck and completed in 2008. You can see other shots taken by the Walk Street journal here.
If you get a chance to head over to the Sausalito harbor, check it out. Talk about lifestyles of the rich and famous!
Looking for something to do this weekend? Film is the ticket this weekend in Marin County as the Sausalito Film Festival rolls in to town. The event takes place this weekend at Cavallo Point at Fort Baker in Sausalito.
If you haven’t been to Cavallo Point, the setting alone is well worth the visit. It has some of the most breathtaking views in all of Marin. Cavallo Point sits at the southern tip of Marin County at Fort Baker. It overlooks the San Francisco skyline and a gaze up reveals the Golden Gate Bridge.
The film festival takes place today and tomorrow. I love the description of the film festival from their website:
In the heart of an artist’s community, with the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco across the water, lies the ideal backdrop for a premiere film festival experience.People around the world are drawn to Sausalito, certainly for its picturesque beauty, but possibly because it is so uniquely different from anywhere else. Creatives, nonconformists, the famous (and infamous) have felt its gravitational pull. Artists, writers, philosophers, rock legends and film stars have made it their home, in the company of boat-builders, bootleggers and ex-madams.
Films that speak to our naturally rebellious nature, our creative soul, our passion for cultural understanding. Films of all lengths and genres are presented – features, shorts, animation, and documentaries from around the globe. Coupled with conversations and presentations that will stimulate, and provoke the senses. Because this is no mere picture show.
The event features 13 exclusive bay area premiers and a total of thirty films, both full length and short film. The centerpiece film is the award winning documentary, Climate Refugees which explains the growing reality of displaced populations due to environmental disasters. Be aware, some of the shows are already sold out.
- What: Sausalito Film Festival
- When: August 13, 14, & 15th
- Where: Cavallo Point, 601 Murray Circle, Fort Baker, Sausalito, CA 94965 at Cavallo Point
- More Information
The Caledonia Street Spring Faire takes place this Sunday in downtown Sausalito, bringing in over 100 fine arts and crafts vendors, food and entertainment for a celebration of spring and community.
There will be three stages of live entertainment with a focus on music and dance performances with international flair.
Festival organizers say, “This will be a historic event in our picturesque seaside town. This enchanting festival will bring together all the bay area communities celebrating spring, our children, our families, our neighbors and the renewal of our earth through Art, Music, Dance, Delectable Fare, and a Fun & Festive children’s Area.”
- When: Saturday, May 30, 2010, 11:00 am -6:00 pm (rain or shine)
- Where: 420 Litho (Caledonia Steet/City Hall)
- Benefits: Sausalito Nursery School
- More Information
- Whiskey Pills 11:15am- 12:45pm
- Belly Dance 1pm- 1:45pm
- Hands on Fire 2pm- 2:30pm
- Eugene Huggins 4pm- 5:30pm
- House of Samba Kids Concert 11am- 12:15pm
- Little Gym Demo 12:30pm- 1pm
- Tim Cain 1pm- 1:45pm
- Terry/ Ballet 2pm- 2:45pm
- Crunchy Frog 3:15pm- 4:45pm
Looks like a great lineup of events and gorgeous weather predicted for the weekend!
I took this picture yesterday afternoon from the houseboat docks in Sausalito at low tide, looking back towards Mt. Tam. I love the way Mt. Tam looks in the background in the aftermath of the storm.
When I think of floating homes, I think of “sitting by the dock of the bay”. The floating homes in Sausalito are intriguing to many people. Ever wondered what they look like? Here is your chance to see the homes sitting by the dock of the bay in Sausalito look like. Check out the 2009 Sausalito Floating Home Tour on Saturday, September 26th. Take the opportunity to peek at approximately 20 floating homes in Sausalito. The event typically sells out, so get your tickets in advance.
- What: Sausalito Floating Homes Tour 2009
- When: Saturday, September 26th 2009 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.
- Tickets: $35 for advanced purchase and $40 at the door. Order tickets here:
- More information: here
Did you know over a million visitors have experienced the Sausalito Art Festival, which has been taking place in gorgeous Sausalito since 1952.
The contemporary art festival features more than 20,000 works of art including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, fine glass, woodwork, mixed media, and photography.
Sausalito Art Festival Schedule- Labor Day Weekend 2009
- Friday September 4th · 6:00pm · Preview Party
- Saturday September 5th · 9:00am – 6:00pm
- Sunday September 6th · 9:00am – 6:00pm
- Monday September 7th · 9:00am – 5:00pm
- Preview Party Tickets: 415.331.1142
- Information: 415.331.3757
P.S. Take the ferry if you are coming from San Francisco- Marin traffic is expected to be a mess with the Bay Bridge closure
What is happening in Sausalito Real Estate?
We are seeing some positive signs in the Sausalito real estate market! The number of both condos/townhouses & single-family homes going in to contract has exceeded the number of Sausalito homes & condos being listed. Sausalito home prices have still continued to decline, but this may level out if buyers continue to come in to the real estate market.
| 7-day stats for Condo properties in
SAUSALITO, CA as of August 28, 2009
|Median List Price||$529,000||Average List Price||$609,376|
|Total Inventory||29||Price per Square Foot||$428|
|Average Home Size||1,225||Median Lot Size||n/a|
|Average # Beds||2.28||Average # Baths||1.97|
|Homes Absorbed||2||Newly Listed||1|
|Days on Market||202||Average Age||38|